Sean nós, the harp and art music
Classical music is the art music tradition of Europe, and for the longest time I wondered why Ireland wasn’t a part of or contributor to said music. After much thought about this very topic, I’ve come to the conclusion that it didn’t need to. It has it’s own art music tradition, Sean nós and harp compositions. Whereas Scotland has it’s Ceol mór that lies with the pipes. That made me wonder about what can be considered art music in Ireland. The old style of singing is very complex even though it seems so simple. Unfortunately I have to go to work now, so I will elaborate more in a bit, but these are the exact same thoughts of the one and only Seán Ó Riada.